We know there are naysayers out there. What with their “Remember the good ol’ days?”, their “kids would rather play video games than play music”, etc. We would listen to their complaints, it’s just… we’re having trouble hearing their pessimistic brooding, as it’s being drowned out by all the great music currently being made here in the 904.

If you yourself haven’t heard, we’re here to hip you to the region’s modern sounds (as Jonathan Richman might call them). There’s an abundance of innovative music being made in North Florida. Certainly it’s a lot to take in. But we invite you to start here each Monday.

Modern Violence
“Beauty is Lost” (Live from the Audio Attic)

Recorded in Murray Hill’s audio attic, this video is an intimate and strikingly low-key presentation of Indie-Emo Quintet Modern Violence’s complex sound, which finds its footing in the group’s atmospheric guitar work and multiplex melodies. Meanwhile, the falsetto-rasp of frontman (and Void photog) Jesse Brantman–reminiscent of Silver Sun Pickups vocalist Brain Aubert–lends the band’s tune “Beauty is Lost” a distinctive melancholy. Click play below to watch and listen to why we at Void are really digging this band.
-Matthew Shaw

Denver Hall
“Blue” (Feat. Tenny Rudolph)

The latest from hip hop artist Denver Hall is an evolution of his skillful combining of whip-tight music and lyrical bite. The four-song collection, Winter, builds on the strengths of Hall’s earlier releases, Made by Friends and Cranial Confessions, with impressive results. Opening cut “Blue,” featuring guest vocalist Tenny Rudolph, is a slow burn that dips mildly into the blues, albeit blues gliding along in a syrupy three-quarter waltz, boasting an impressive breakdown in the bridge.
-Daniel A. Brown

Darkhorse Saloon
Into the Void: Office Music Series

In the latest from our Into the Void: Office Music Series, the boys from Darkhorse rip through three tracks from their nearly decade-spanning catalogue of tunes, including one from their newest release, Moth. And they do so with the volume cranked up to roughly 15. Click play to see/hear DS strip the paint off our walls!
-Matthew Shaw

Rickolus
“Coyote and Mule”

Any person playing music in and around Northeast Florida owes Richard Colado (AKA Rickolus) a debt of gratitude. Not only has the multi-talented singer-songwriter played a huge role in keeping the scene vibrant and eclectic, performing music as a member or leader of a vast array of interesting projects, Colado is also tireless in his thirst to perform with other local acts. Hence, in the midst of a quasi-regional tour, he’ll join Loretto, Chemtrails, and Mercy Mercy at famed San Marco venue Jackrabbits on Thursday. In the vid below, Rickolus performs what’s become a crowd fave at his live shows. Featuring a singalong friendly chorus, “Coyote and Mule”–from the 2012 album of the same name–shows off Colado’s keen sense of melody, and his understanding of how to write a tune that encourages audience participation. Click play to howl along with us!
-Matthew Shaw